LA JOLLA, Calif. - Despite going winless in its first four
matches this season, the UC San Diego men's soccer team elevated its play this
past weekend in contests with nationally-ranked opponents Cal State L.A. and
Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The Tritons kept the score 0-0 through the first 47 minutes of action Friday with
the No. 2 Golden Eagles and on Sunday facing a 2-0 deficit at halftime, UCSD
outscored the No. 19 Toros 1-0 in the final 47 minutes.
With a 0-3-1 overall record and 0-2 mark in the California Collegiate Athletic
Association, the Tritons will aim to match that high level of play for 180-straight minutes in this weekend's pair of road matches. The first contest is at
4:30 p.m. against Humboldt State. The second is a Sunday 2 p.m. meeting with
UCSD goalkeeper Jesse Brennan continues to build confidence in net, while
getting plenty of help from the formidable back line of Jared Kukura, Harris
Rabin, Alec Arsht and Gavin Lamming. Arsht tallied the Tritons' first goal of
the season, a header to the back of the net in the 75th minute of Sunday's
match with CSUDH.
Humboldt State stands at 1-1 in league play so far, after dropping a 3-0
decision to Cal State San Bernardino Friday and then topping Cal Poly Pomona
3-2 on Sunday. Similarly to the Tritons, the Lumberjacks have struggled to find
the scoring touch early in the 2010 season. HSU has recorded three goals, while
allowing six. Friday's match will be the sixth meeting between the two squads,
with UCSD owning a 3-0-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Sonoma State also took one win and one loss out of the CCAA opening weekend,
which followed non-conference victories over Fresno Pacific and Dominican for
the Seawolves. A 5-3 loss to CPP on Friday likely dropped SSU out of the top 25
nationally, but the Seawolves rebounded Sunday to defeat CSUSB 3-1. High-scoring
matches seem to follow SSU, as the squad has scored 13 times while allowing 10
goals to its opponents. Leading the Seawolves' offense are Taylor Varnadore and
Trevor Hurst, with four scores apiece. In the all-time series with SSU, UCSD is
Statistically, the Tritons have combined to outshoot their opponents 62-45
through the season's first four matches. UCSD also holds a 25-11 lead in corner
kicks. As the Tritons hit the road to challenge their North Division foes, Jon
Pascale and his coaching staff are looking for their players to take advantage
of all the offensive opportunities.